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Failure to Launch: Guiding Clinicians to Successfully Motivate the Long-Dependent Young Adult [Kindle Edition]

Michael DeVine , Lawrence V. Tucker
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Book Description

Failure to Launch is a book geared towards helping clinicians work with dependent adult children. The book first attempts to define the problem of failure to launch as well as identify the underlying causes such as entitlement, narcissism, enabling family systems, and undiagnosed mental health problems. Failure to Launch also lays out a step-by-step treatment plan to help guide clinicians with these clients to help facilitate change. The book includes case studies, sample chapters, and the latest research to help illustrate the theoretical basis for the treatments in this book.

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“Michael DeVine has done it! The challenges of a science/practitioner model have been one of the most hotly debated topics in psychology for decades—i.e. the rigors of academic science vs. the practice of psychology. Yet, in Failure to Launch, DeVine takes us on a journey to understand narcissism today by incorporating both the science and practice of psychology.

Through DeVine’s honest and lucid writing style, he integrates counseling theory, family systems theory, psychiatry, and cutting edge neurological research. With ease, he guides us to an understanding of how his generation bridges the ‘Baby Boomers’ and the ‘Millenials.’ He writes with passion and verve. The case examples are wonderfully clear examples of real life happening all around us. This is a book for everyday people and those of us honored and privileged enough to work with narcissism as it is seen today through the eyes of a brilliant young mind—a mind willing to mirror the truth back to us, even when we prefer not to see it. This book is a must read for any professional with ‘stuck’ individuals, as well as their families who often unwittingly contribute to the ‘failure to launch.’”

(Larry Bugen, PhD, private practice, author of "Stuck on Me, Missing You: Getting Past Self-Absorption to Find Love")

“The topic of dependent adult children is one that needs to be addressed. Clinicians who work with the young adult population have long been forecasting this generational issue of a 'failure to launch.' Thus, it is no surprise that Michael's work is filling a need for clinicians at just the right time.

Michael has done his research. While this book looks at the sociological dynamics of the trend of overly dependent adult children, Michael also provides concrete, practical ways in which clinicians can address this problem. For this reason and many more, I strongly recommend Michael Devine's Failure to Launch.” (Roger L. Johnson, CMAT, private practice, co-owner of

About the Author

Michael D. DeVine is a licensed professional counselor supervisor who is co-owner of a private psychiatric practice in Plano, Texas. In addition to Michael's private practice, Michael is a business consultant, advisor to local schools/organizations, public speaker, and co-owner of the website Michael received his Bachelor's degree in Psychology from Otterbein University and his Master's degree in Psychology from the University of North Texas.

Lawrence V. Tucker, MD, is a licensed psychiatrist who is co-owner of a private psychiatric practice in Plano, Texas. He is a diplomat of the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology, as well as a diplomat of the American Board of Addiction Medicine. He practices in pharmacological management of psychiatric disorders including attention deficit disorder, mood disorders, anxiety disorders, brain SPECT imaging, and addictionology.

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  • File Size: 450 KB
  • Print Length: 186 pages
  • Publisher: Jason Aronson, Inc. (May 16, 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
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4.0 out of 5 stars very helpful May 2, 2014
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I would recommend for clinicians and parents. I'm hoping this will help my parents deal with my sister who is failing to launch.
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